Egypt's President Morsi issues new 'Revolution Protection' Law

Ahram Online , Thursday 22 Nov 2012

New legislation aims to prosecute those responsible for 'revolutionary crimes' and other offenses against Egyptian 'revolutionaries'

Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Yasser Ali announced new legislation dubbed the 'Revolution Protection Law' aimed at trying those responsible for "revolutionary crimes" and other crimes against "revolutionaries."

The new law stipulates the creation of a 'Revolution Protection' prosecution to investigate any new evidence brought against the accused, who will be retried even if previously acquitted by other courts.

Crimes included in the law include injuring and killing revolutionaries, hiding incriminating information against the latter, and political corruption in the case of former regime members.

The prosecutor-general may order – according to the law – the detention of anyone charged with these crimes for a period not exceeding six months.

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